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Sierra Club endorses Jennifer Webb

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The Florida Sierra Club has endorsed Jennifer Webb in her campaign for the State House District 69 seat.

“We are confident Jennifer Webb will stand up against big oil and gas interests and take environmental positions which are aligned with her local constituents’ best interests,” Sierra Club spokesman Dave Harbeitner said.

“She understands Florida’s natural environment is a precious asset and needs to be protected so it can remain one of the most important parts of our economy in the future,” Harbeitner added.

Webb said, “I am honored to be endorsed by such well-respected and trusted leaders in protecting the environment. My grandfather, a businessman, was a lifelong member of the Sierra Club. Like him, I understand the importance of protecting our environment.”

Webb said she is a longtime environmental champion. Her work on environmental advocacy with the Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group and her current position as director of community partnerships at the University of South Florida demonstrate her ability to work with community groups to solve environmental issues like protecting water quality and saving beaches from erosion, she said. Webb said she has the experience and knowledge to advance sustainable, forward-thinking environmental policies.

“I will fight to reverse the harmful effects of our current environmental policies. I will vote to ban fracking, and to invest in our infrastructure. I will work with local leaders to implement sustainable growth and advocate for statewide plans for mitigation and adaptation to sea level rise,” she said.

She added, “Together we can create a solid foundation and healthy environment for our community for years. As representative of HD 69, I will represent our constituents here by investing in our infrastructure and fighting against fracking in Florida.”

St. Petersburg Council Member Karl Nurse, who also has endorsed Webb, said she will spearhead environmental policies and actions that not only protect Pinellas County, but allow it to grow and thrive.

“I feel a strong community leader represents the interests of that community. For Pinellas County, comprehensive environmental policies are vitally important, as our economy, infrastructure, and future depend on protecting our waters and shoreline,” Nurse said.

“Jennifer Webb has consistently shown her dedication to long-term environmental solutions, and I know that she will fight to protect our vital resources when in Tallahassee,” Nurse said.

Webb, a Democrat, is running against Republican incumbent Kathleen Peters for HD 69. Webb is a longtime resident of Gulfport. Through her position at USF, Webb said she works with communities throughout the Bay Area to solve real problems in people’s lives, from improving housing standards to creating more good-paying jobs, to figuring out how to protect water quality and save beaches from erosion.

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